Wine Grape: Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc (pronouned ‘kah-ber-nay fronk’ and sometimes known as Bouchet, Bouchy, or Breton) is less intense and somewhat softer than Cabernet Sauvignon. Often used for blending, it is one of the six grape varietals allowed in red Bordeaux wines and also in Meritage blends from California.

In the old world, it is primarily grown in the Loire Valley, France (most notably the Chinon and Anjou regions), and in Bordeaux, France (most notably the St. Emilion, Pomerol and Graves regions). In the new world, it is grown in New Zealand, Australia, and USA (most notably in New York, Oregon, and Washington).

It has high acidity with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, plum, violet, bell pepper, and blackberry. Two unique aromas that are sometimes associated with Cabernet Franc are pencil shavings and graphite. Because it is less perfumed and structured, it is often blended with other wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Wine Examples:

bourgueil  2014 Domain des Ouches – Bourgueil Rouge.

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